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I've recently upgraded most of my system, so I basically have all the parts to build a computer sitting around unused. I was thinking I'd use it to upgrade my mom's HTPC for mother's day. She mostly watches hulu/netflix, but sometimes we'll stream video from somewhere else on the network or straight from the hard drive.

The parts from my old sig rig-
-Athlon 64 X2 (3.0ghz)
-Asrock K10N78 mobo (onboard nvidia 8200, 7.1 audio, ATX)
-4 gigs of ddr2 533 ram
-and a 450w PSU

Right now she's got this plugged into her big gorgeous 1080p television. It runs an Intel Atom D525 (1.8GHz, dual-core), an onboard nvidia ION2, and stutters/freezes/lags a bit while streaming HD media from netflix/whatever else. I'm pretty sure it's not a bandwidth issue, because it's got an ethernet connection to the router and our internet is a pretty solid 10mb/s. (Megabits, not bytes. I can never remember which letters are supposed to be capitalized...)

So- say I threw all that into a case and got a DVI to HDMI adapter and whatever adapters I need to run 7.1 into our receiver. Would it be an upgrade? Would it solve the stuttering problem? I'm nervous about the onboard graphics; I could pick up a cheap card if need be. For a hard drive, i'd probably pull the one from the old system and possibly get a 16 gig SSD for the OS (super fast boot would go miles here, as my family INSISTS on turning the HTPC off whenever they're not actually watching tv).

All I'm looking for is SOLID 1080p video streaming. Any performance above that is a waste. Any input is appreciated
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It will probably fix the stuttering, tbh. If it's insufficient, throw in any dedicated card.
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It will fail. You WILL need a gpu (cheap 4350/5450/6450).
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post #4 of 18
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So if I threw this 4350 into it, I'd be good to go? What if I wanted to put a blu-ray drive into it, would that card handle it?

+rep, thanks for the advice
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I've been looking around for reviews of that chipset, and I'm not able to find anything. The only thing I've found so far is that it's slightly better than the 780G chipset. To be honest, I don't think you're going to be able to stream at 1080p with the FPS that you or your mom would like. You might want to consider adding a low-end GPU such as an AMD 6450 or something from the 5 series
 
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post #6 of 18
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Okay, dedicated GPU it is. 6450 looks perfect for the price. Thanks for the help y'all
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Originally Posted by onoz View Post
I've been looking around for reviews of that chipset, and I'm not able to find anything. The only thing I've found so far is that it's slightly better than the 780G chipset. To be honest, I don't think you're going to be able to stream at 1080p with the FPS that you or your mom would like. You might want to consider adding a low-end GPU such as an AMD 6450 or something from the 5 series
That's a really bad 6450. It has a 32-bit interface instead of the usual 64-bit for that card.

EDIT: This one will be cheaper than that card if you factor in the money saved on shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161376
Edited by sLowEnd - 4/30/11 at 8:19pm
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Haha okay, it does look better. I honestly don't know what the difference is between the 32 and 64 bit interface, but double the Vram is worth 5 bucks (I've got free 2 day shipping from newegg for the next month.)
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I honestly don't know what the difference is between the 32 and 64 bit interface, but double the Vram is worth 5 bucks (I've got free 2 day shipping from newegg for the next month.)
For a simple playback only HTPC, there's practically no difference. Since they're both around the same price though, better go with the 64-bit than 32-bit even if it has less RAM.

Probably would've gone with one of the older $20AR HD 4550's and HD 5450's myself.
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post #10 of 18
Y 6450 over 5450 realistically only gets you 3d.
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